…Three suspected stolen vehicles, illicit drugs

…Also arrested are suspected robbers, kidnappers, cultists

The Delta State Police Command said it has arrested 94 sex workers and also other suspects for various crimes ranging from kidnapping, and robbery down to cultism.

The arrests were said to have been made following the reoccurring criminal activities of kidnappers, and armed robbers in Ughelli, Warri, and other parts of the State.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, DCP Johnson Adenola, was directed to carry out massive raids in the affected areas.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bright Edafe, said that on the 1st of May, operatives were drawn from the command’s operations department, SIB, Dragon Patrol, safer highway,  raiders, CP D-Coy squad, Rapid response squad (RRS) and led by the Commander Dragon patrol, CSP Graham Imade and deployed to the affected areas.

The teams embarked on an intensive confidence-building patrol, stop and search, and show of force while acting on credible intelligence reports.

The Commander led raids on some identified criminal rendezvous at Evwreni, East west road, and other black spots all in Ughelli North LGA.

Edafe said: “During the operation, 59 male suspects, and 94 female suspected sex workers were arrested. The following exhibits were recovered from them; three pump action guns, one locally made cut-to-size gun, one dagger, 10 live cartridges, one suspected stolen unregistered Toyota Venza, one unregistered Mercedes Benz, one Peugeot car with registration number KJA 98 GE, nine cups of loud, codeine syrup, sachets of swinol, 20 capsules of tramadol, 31 wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp.

“The 94 sex workers have been charged to court alongside some of the male suspects, while others have been transferred to the command headquarters for further investigation. The DC Operations has directed that the team sustain the tempo and ensure that sanity is completely restored in the area while calling on members of the public to make available any useful information that will help the police in the fight against crime and criminality.

“He reiterated that the Command is committed to its core mandate, which is the protection of life and properties, among others.  The following dedicated phone lines are available to the public to reach the command, as a quick response contact for any complaint or distress situation.”

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